The 100th Day of School!
Must-have books, resources, and ideas for marking the milestone
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
Make your 100th Day of School celebration a cross-curricular learning experience with these books and teaching ideas.
100th Day Schedule
8:00–8:05: Count to 100! Turn the 100th day card around on the 100's chart. (The students have been waiting for this all year!)
8:05–8:15: Read: Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
8:20–8:40: Sharetime! The students present their 100s Creations
Each year I have the students make a 100th Day of School Creation. I include this problem solving assignment with their weekly homework. Here is a sample letter that I send to the parents:
Our 100th day of school is on Friday, February 9th. It is a kindergarten tradition to celebrate it in grand syle. I have many hands-on activities planned for the students to engage in on this special day. To begin the 100th day of school, I have the students present their 100's creations to the class. Your child is to collect and count 100 items. He/she is to arrange and display the 100 items in an interesting and creative way. The items may range from golf tees to barbie shoes to marshmallows. Brainstorm different items with your child. I hope you and your child have fun with this problem solving activity. If you need ideas or would like to see pictures of past 100 day of school creations, come on in!!! The am class will be presenting their 100th day of school creations at 8:00am. The pm class will be presenting their 100th day of school creations at 12:10pm. We would love for you to join in on all the fun!!! Any questions??? Please let me know!
8:40–9:40: 100th Day of School Centers!
I split the class into three groups. The centers include the 100s fruit loop necklace, the 100s snack table, and the "I wish I had 100 _____!" writing paper. The students get to spend 20 minutes at each center.
Fruit Loop Necklaces
Materials (for each student):
- 30" piece of yarn
- masking tape taped around one end of the yarn
- bead tied around the other end of the yarn
- fruit loops (or generic fruitloops such as fruitrings-they have bigger holes!)
- paper plates
- Put a handful of fruit loops on a paper plate.
- Give each student a piece of yarn.
- Have the students begin with putting 10 red fruit loops through the piece of yarn. Then add 10 orange, 10 yellow, 10 green, 10 blue, 10 purple, 10 red, 10 orange, 10 yellow, and then 10 green.
- Tie the ends together and the students have their 100s day necklace.
- 10 small bowls
- paper bags (one for each student)
- dark marker
- cheerios, mini marshmallows, stick pretzels, M&M's, whoppers (chocolate malt balls), chow mein noodles, goldfish crackers, mini candy hearts, peanuts, and chocolate chips
- Put 10 bowls on a table.
- Put the items in each bowl.
- Have the students wash their hands.
- First hand a paper bag and a marker to each student.
- The students are to write (vertically from the top to the bottom) 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90,and 100.
- Have the students choose a starting place at the 100's snack table.
- They are to put 10 items of each snack into their bag totaling 100!!!
I Wish I Had 100 ____!
- 12" by 6" piece of white construction paper
- The students are to write "I wish I had 100 ________!"
- Have the students tell you what they wish they had 100 of.
- Go around to each student and sound out the word that that they chose.
- The students are to write the word on the blank line.
- Have the students outline the words in black crayon and draw many pictures of the item they chose.
9:40–9:45: Clean Up
9:45–10:05: 100th day of School PE activities!
Go outside and have the students get into group of 5. Have each student do 20 jumping jacks, 20 hula hoops, take 20 steps, jog 20 yards, and bounce a ball 20 times.
10:20–10:45: Read The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza.
Then prepare 100 cutout chickens with the numbers 1, 2, 3 to 100 on each chicken. Tape the chickens all around the room. Depending on how many students you have, let them search the classroom to see how many chickens they may find. I have 29 students so each student gets a chance to find 3 chickens. I use the sticks with each students name on it to see which students get to look for a fourth chicken. The students need to tell me the numbers on the chicken and then they get to tape it to the 100th chart.
10:45–11:00: 100 Big Block Structures!
- 300 Big Blocks!
- Have the students get into three equal groups.
- In three seperate areas of the room, I have 100 blocks.
- The students need to work together to create a structure out of 100 blocks.
- Each group will present their structure.
11:00–11:25: Pizza with 100 Pepperonis on the Side! I have a parent pick up the pizza or I'll have the pizza delivered to the school. I order one slice of cheese pizza for each student with 100 pepperonis on the side. We count the 100 pepperonis and then we enjoy eating the pizza.
Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
This beautifully illustrated picture book is a class favorite and my own personal one too! The book gives wonderful examples of different 100's collections that the students may create at home. The book also provides class activities while telling a story using a rhyming text. I even got my 100's collection from this story. Miss Bindergarten puts 100 bows on her dress. I put 100 bows on my overalls.
The activities include: Building a structure using 100 blocks, making a snack using 100 items, making a 100th Day hat, and a guided writing activity: I could eat 100 _____.
100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler
The main character, Jessica, is a conscientious student who worries about everything. She is especially concerned with what she is going to bring in for her 100's collection. Through this read aloud there are excellent ideas for your own students to use when they are creating their 100's collection. Here are some examples from the story: 100 ice cubes, 100 marshmallows, 100 toothpicks, 100 yo-yos, 100 peanuts, 100 paper clips, and 100 peppermints. You'll have to read the book to see what Jessica comes up with. I can't spoil the ending for you!
The 100th Day of School by Angela Shelf Medearis
I use this book to show the students even more ideas of what they could use for their 100's collection. The book also has many class activities that would be terrific for your students to do on the 100th Day of School. The activities from the book are: putting 100 bows on a tree, jumping rope 100 times, drawing a snake 100 inches long, creating designs using 100 pennies, making hats with 100 stars on it, blowing up 100 balloons, and baking 100 cookies.
One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes
I use this picture book as a fun read-aloud leading up to the 100th Day of School. At the math center, I put ant stamps and blank 100's charts. The students are to stamp 100 ants on the 100's chart. To integrate the story, the students are to write about their favorite part. (Tip: Staple a picnic tablecloth to a bulletin board. Staple the students' work to the picnic tablecloth. It makes a darling bulletin board for your classroom and adds to the 100th day of school excitement!)
Professional Resource Books
More terrific ideas at your fingertips!
Fresh & Fun: 100th Day Of School: Dozens of Instant and Irresistible Ideas and Activities From Creative Teachers Across the Country by Jacqueline Clarke
Teaching with Favorite 100th Day of School Books: Super-Engaging Activities for Building Skills in Number Sense, Counting, Computation, Place Value, and More by Joan Novelli